My brother spent ten years writing an epic fantasy novel. I loved it. I did quite a bit of art for it over the years, and when he asked me for a series of sketches which could become a calendar, I was delighted to oblige.

How about a great hall? he asked. With the elven queen? he continued.

Freaking columns. They were horrible. I didn’t even know that holding shift while I drew would force my brush into a straight line when I started. Oh… the things I know now.

I did, however, have the decently clever idea of making a few of the columns trees, so the piece wasn’t an utter bore. I also did a bit more realizing at the beauty of creating custom brushes. You see, I made an elf brush. Two different brushes would plonk down a slightly varied seated elf.

It saved my sanity. *twitch* Mostly.

Hey, this was also my first time playing with that lovely “Fill-Pattern” effect. Yeah. I coulda made that work for me a bit better on the attempt at a marble-ish floor. But I was young… and stupid. Good idea, mediocre execution. C’est la vie. I lived, I learned, and now it’s here for all to see!

Trio before Vendoa's court